Nothing that makes you bite your nails or keep you on the dge of the seat (or the bed; depends where you read it).
I bought in a sale and didn't pay mu...moreNothing that makes you bite your nails or keep you on the dge of the seat (or the bed; depends where you read it).
I bought in a sale and didn't pay much for it, and for that I am thankful. Perhaps if I was hooked on to the series (I believe there is), then perhaps I would have appreciated the lead character and such.
As a single read, didn't quite feel the excitement that it was supposedly inherent.(less)
[This is not a review, just a few thoughts that crossed my mind after I read this book]
Compulsions guide us, a few of them. A few emotional and a few...more[This is not a review, just a few thoughts that crossed my mind after I read this book]
Compulsions guide us, a few of them. A few emotional and a few that are physical. We then live with them, prosper there, realize the addiction, and yet continue to live the frustration of mere existence. Or we make a break. No break is really easy – what do we look for when making a break from something? Does something called a ‘clean break’ exist in this world?
What is that one thing closest to your heart that you will sacrifice for that one thing that is closest to your heart?
Doesn’t make sense?
Rosshalde, by Herman Hesse, translated by Ralph Manheim. I have the 1970 version (the cover that you don't see) of course, it has changed. Twenty-odd years ago my father bought it for Rs. 8.00. It was 40p in the UK then. That is today’s Indian Rs. 32.00. Don’t expect to buy any book for Indian Rs. 32.00 now.
That’s the essence of numbers; they strive to be bigger, and when they can’t fit in, they form ways to fit in themselves – K for a thousand and M for a million. We just get comfortable with these shortcuts, in life however, there aren’t any shortcuts.
You have to live your life fully. Take all that it has to offer. Be it consumerism, dynamism, or addictive deathly thoughts.(less)
The Maratha Confederacy is a chapter in Indian history that guarantees great conversation if you are objective and very heated arguments if you are no...moreThe Maratha Confederacy is a chapter in Indian history that guarantees great conversation if you are objective and very heated arguments if you are not. Being a Maharashtrian, my interest in the Maratha Confederacy in general and Maratha history in particular, is often considered to be a matter of blind regional pride. And while I have attempted several times to explain that my interest is curiously academic, I often fail to convince.
And my curious academic interest is why I have been slowly reading this book for a while and finally have a slightly better sense of the Confederacy. Prof. Kadam's book, while a stellar research on the confederacy, fell short of making an impact in a better understanding of its "origin and the development."
In recent times I have been seeking books of Indian origin about Indian history to better understand local and cultural perspectives, which may have been absent in the chronicles by foreign writers. Thankfully, many Indian writers, especially academic, have risen to the task and are now re-documenting Indian history. And perhaps there lies the problem: for one, the books read more like research papers than books. Almost every book is a derivative of a Ph.D. thesis, slightly enhanced.
Consider this book: it has in-depth research, micro-level facts (often irrelevant) across the various aspects that contributed to the rise and decline of the confederacy. Yet, because of its structure, it is unable to make a lucid explanation of the "history" of the confederacy. This is not to say that all the research is useless, on the contrary, it provides pointers into the makings of, the coming together and the breaking apart of the, Maratha power. The facts are all there, the analysis is irregular and often missing. It is left to the reader, to laboriously piece together all contributing issues and make sense of the "origin and the development (and the signifiers of the decline)."
It is not very clear whether this books was written as a reference book, a research paper or a history book. If it was the later, it fails, else, if you have an (objective) interest in the study of the Maratha Confederacy, this book is for you.(less)
I read Siddhartha, by Herman Hesse, yesterday. It talks about a man who is searching for the purpose of life. The blurb got me interested and I finish...more
I read Siddhartha, by Herman Hesse, yesterday. It talks about a man who is searching for the purpose of life. The blurb got me interested and I finished the small book in about two hours. While it seemed that the protagonist found the purpose of his life, it left me more confused.
After our late-night discussions over an over dose of coffee recently, I saw you moving more towards the abstract, while I have seemed to move more towards the discrete. Maybe it is all about Nirvan – becoming one with the cosmic soul. How people attain it is different.
I read somewhere that there are four types of yog, Raj Yog, Dharma Yog, Bhakti Yog, and Hat Yog. The most commonly known is the Hat Yog (I hate the English rendition – “yoga”) that involves the asanas, amongst other physical exercises. Each of the Yog is a plan to take you to Nirvan. I am not particularly clear about the order, but I guess these were formulated for different people. As I have interpreted it, Hata Yog was for the lowest class (Shudr) of the people, who could not practice the other, apparently higher, forms of Yog. However, I also believe that none of the Yog forms was a better or a lesser form than the other. Each was just a different path towards the same goal.
None of the four forms of Yog are better or worse than the other. You just have to choose one and get towards Nirvan. Each form is as difficult or as easy. The problem, as it seems to me, is not in walking the path, the problem is in choosing the path.
[A note to a friend after I read this book. I wonder how come no one has applied the "life-changing effect" label on this book. It is indeed life-changing, if you choose it, i.e.](less)
One book, I keep going back to. Sometimes, I think I should be keeping this on my 'Reference' shelf. The manual is a mirror of all that we already kno...moreOne book, I keep going back to. Sometimes, I think I should be keeping this on my 'Reference' shelf. The manual is a mirror of all that we already know.